History of the Monash Bioethics Centre

Australia’s first bioethics master’s graduates with course coordinator (now) A/Prof. Justin Oakley (centre back). Pictured (from left) Surgeon Dr David McIntosh, lawyer Mr John O’Sullivan and nurse Mrs Beverley Touzel, 1992. (Image courtesy Monash Archives with thanks.)

The Monash Bioethics Centre was established by Professor Peter Singer  and in October 1980, it celebrated its 25th anniversary on the 13th of October, 2005.

We’ve found some interesting documents in the archives – please see below.


The occasion was also celebrated with a special issue of Monash Bioethics Review 25, no. 1, January 2006, which featured articles by past and present Centre staff, along with other contributors, and contained a section focusing on bioethics then and now.


Doctors Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, 1985. (Now) A/Prof. Kuhse and Prof. Peter Singer established the Centre for Human Bioethics in 1980. (Image courtesy Monash Archives with thanks)